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Combining Big Data and HPC in a GRIDScalar Environment at BASF

Dr. Stephan Schenk from BASF gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “The talk will give an overview of recent activities in Digitalization of BASF’s Research & Development. It will focus in particular on how Big Data and HPC workflows can be combined and complement each other. Technical aspects as well as applications are discussed.”

Advancing manufacturing with simulation-based digital twins

The concept of a digital twin—the mirroring of a physical object with a virtual object created by simulation-based engineering—has been around since NASA began using numerical simulation technology and comparing the results to ground-based physical models as it developed and managed early spacecraft. “Today, digital twins are hot—a subject of intense interest and investment. Gartner puts digital twins fourth on its list of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019.”

One Stop Systems Showcases ‘AI on the Fly’ at ISC 2019

In this video from ISC 2019, Jan Mannik from One Stop Systems describes how the company delivers “AI on the Fly.” “The next killer application for High Performance Computing technology with the range and skill set required to deliver effective solutions that not many technology vendors acquire. The demand for these solutions is expanding rapidly with the ever increasing utility of artificial intelligence applications across a wide set of industries.”

Nissan Moves HPC to the Cloud with Rescale

Today Rescale announced that Nissan selected Rescale and AWS to extend its on-premise high performance computing systems to the cloud. “It is exciting to see that our hybrid platform on AWS will help Nissan immediately reduce time to market for their newest innovations, while getting access to unlimited computing resources on demand.”

ISC 2019 Opens Today with Keynote and Release of TOP500 List

ISC 2019 opens today in Frankfurt. A total of over 3,500 attendees are expected at this year’s show, now in its 34th year. “Running through Thursday this week, the conference kicks off at 9:00 am on Monday, June 17 with a keynote and the announcement of the 53rd TOP500. Project co-founder Erich Strohmaier will present the highlights of the new rankings and discuss the latest trends.”

Decoupling EDA Toolchains from the OS with Singularity Containers

Singularity containers introduce a compelling means for unlocking the implied dependency between application toolchains and operating system. By encapsulating everything but the kernel in a single file, Singularity containers decouple the runtime and allow it to be highly portable in a trusted way. 

Altair HyperWorks 2019 product development platform Speeds Time-to-Market

Today Altair released HyperWorks 2019, the latest version of its simulation- and AI-driven product development platform. “Our development focus for HyperWorks 2019 was to increase solve speed and functionality across our solutions for every stage of product development with optimization and multi-physics workflows for all manufacturing methods.”

EPI delivers first design for high-performance processor

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) has delivered its first architectural design to the European Commission and is welcoming new partners. “Energy efficient high-performance families of EPI processors will include most advanced general-purpose and accelerator cores that will deliver unprecedented processing capabilities, enabling EU researchers from academia and industry to most efficiently address global challenges. The business sustainability of the initiative is supported by carefully balanced target markets, with primary focus on exascale HPC/AI and automotive markets.”

AMD Verifies Vega20 GPU in Record Time on Azure

AMD engineers executed a physical verification pass of the Radeon Instinct Vega20 – its largest 7nm chip design – in ~10 hours on Microsoft Azure. The job used the TSMC-certified Calibre nmDRC software platform from Mentor, running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform using HB-series virtual machines, powered by AMD EPYC processors.

New Paper: Nanophotonic Neural Networks coming Closer to Reality

Over at the Intel AI blog, Casimir Wierzynski writes that Optical Neural Networks have exciting potential for power-efficiency in AI computation. “At last week’s CLEO conference, we and our collaborators at UC Berkeley presented new findings around ONNs, including a proposal for how that original work could be extended in the face of real-world manufacturing constraints to bring nanophotonic neural network circuits one step closer to a practical reality.”